Health authorities in Hong Kong announced on Friday morning (28th
February) that a pet dog
of a coronavirus
patient had also tested positive for the presence of coronavirus
after nasal and oral samples taken from it was subjected to the standard nucleic acid testing protocol.
Pet Owners In UK getting mask for their dogs.
They however said that there is not ample evidence yet to verify that the coronavirus
can be transmitted to pets
The dog did not exhibit any symptoms, it was noted.
The Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said it will conduct further clinical tests to confirm if the dog
had been infected with the coronavirus
or if the samples were only the result of environmental contamination.
The AFCD issued a statement to the media, "At present, the AFCD does not have evidence that pet
animals can be infected ... or can be a source of infection to people."
The authorities will quarantine the dog
for a period of time ad also conduct further studies on it.
The WHO or World Health Organisation website says so far there has been no evidence that companion pets
can be infected with the coronavirus
If further tests confirm that the dog
was indeed infected or vice versa, it could have numerous implications including the fact that the new coronavirus
could be evolving at a faster rate than originally thought.
(To date Hong Kong has 93 confirmed coronavirus
cases and 2 deaths so far but hundreds of suspected cases that are being investigated or pending testing.)
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